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(Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt

(Himantopus himantopus)
Alternate name(s): "Common Stilt", "Longshanks", "Stilt-bird", "Dog-bird"; misnomer: "Long-legged Plover"
German name(s): "Stelzenläufer"

Size: 33-40 cm; wing span 67-83 cm
Weight: 135-290 g

Similar species

Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

Race "himantopus"

ADULT

MALE

Near-lateral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt; the jet-black back suggests that this is a male (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Palhais, Barreiro, Setubal, Portugal, May 2018]

(Eurasian) Black-winged Stilts together with a pair of non-breeding Ruffs: The bird on the right, with the black back, is likely a male, the bird at the far left, with the brownish back a female, and the bird at front left, with a greyish crown and neck, a first-year immature (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Montargil, Alentejo, Portugal, August 2018]

Male (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt, left, and a female, right, trying to chase away an intruder near their nest
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, April 2019]

FEMALE

Lateral view of a female (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt foraging in shallow water; note the brownish hues on the back
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2015]

Near-lateral/ventral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt in flight; the brownish hues on the back suggest that this is a female
(photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Sex unknown

Frontal view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Near-frontal view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt issuing its call (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Comparison of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt with a juvenile Greater Flamingo (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

Overview of a lagoon in which (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilts were found, together with several other aquatic species, including Greater Flamingos (photo courtesy of D. Wilczynska)
[Near Santa Giusta, Oristano, Sardinia, Italy, June 2016]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Lateral view of a first-year immature (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt foraging in grassland (photo courtesy of S. Cuturilov)
[Near Temerin, Serbia, August 2017]

Lateral view of a first-year immature (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt foraging in a marsh (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Tejo estuary, Portugal, February 2018]

Close-up dorsal view of two first-winter (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilts; note the still grey nape of the neck, which in adults will be black (photo courtesy of M. Eaton)
[November 2017]

Lateral view of four juvenile (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilts (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, June 2014]

Lateral view of a juvenile (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

(Eurasian) Black-winged Stilts landing where others are already foraging; note the orange legs of the juveniles, compared to the pink ones of adults (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Near-frontal view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chick (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Lateral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chick (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Lateral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chick (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Near-frontal view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chick hiding in reeds (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Lateral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chick hiding in reeds (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Dorsal view of two (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chicks hiding in reeds (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, July 2014]

Breeding information

Breeding season: May - Aug Eggs: 4 Incubation period: ca. 25 days Fledging age: Precocial

(Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt chicks leave their nest at a very young age, soon after the last egg has hatched. They can fly at about 28 days of age.

Nest building: ? Incubation: Female & male Dependent care: Female & male

Nest

Type: Basket Material: Sticks, seaweed Height above ground: N/A

Lateral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt on its nest (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Lateral view of a (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt on its nest (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Near Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

Eggs

Size: 48 x 34 mm Colour: Ochre, with dark olive-brown speckles Shape: Long tapered oval

Frontal view of a female (Eurasian) Black-winged Stilt turning the eggs in its nest (photo courtesy of J. Pires)
[Mora, Evora, Portugal, May 2019]

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